NEB&W Guide to Operations - Table Of Contents

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NEB&W Layout Table of Contents

NEB&W Operations

Electrical System

NEB&W DCC Primer

Cleaning Track

Photo Gallery

Passenger Train Operations

Current Operating Session Information

Delaware & Hudson Operations

Rutland RR Operations

  • This report shows the proportional traffic between originating traffic, terminating traffic, local traffic and through traffic, because it gives these numbers in tons. The second to last column gives the total number of carloads (which is what is most important to modelers), and this figure can be divided by the proportions to get an idea of what went where. I find it most useful to further divide this number by either 365 to get the average daily traffic, or by 52 or even 12, to get a weekly or monthly figure, if the total is small. Thus 100 carloads is a lot, but it is only two cars a week on average.
    And less you think the Rutland had oil refineries on line, in some cases "originating on line" means it was pumped into a tank car from a barge or maybe even another none-railroad supply.

  • Conductor's Notebooks

Rutland Milk Trains

1937 Employees Time Table No. 97.

Water & Coal Stops

  • In one of Bob Nimke's books on the Rutland, he included as a bonus a large fold-out map of the entire system, dated 1923. Every water tank was indicated, along with the gallonage, and the daily average consumption. Unfortunately, the numbers were handwritten, and I can't make them all out.
    There were 32 watering spots on the just over 400 miles system, or on average 12.5 miles apart. However, they weren't spaced evenly.
    The following are the scenes we model, with the total capacity and daily use in gallons:
    • Rutland, VT 50,000, 160,000
    • Gassetts, VT 40,000, 30,000
    • Summit, VT 13,500, 1,000
    • Proctor, VT 8,000, 3,000
    • N. Bennington, VT 50,000, 10,000
    • South Hero, VT 50,000, 10,000
    • Vergennes, VT 50,000, 27,000
    • Burlington, VT 2x50,000, 100,000
The water tower at Gassetts was located next to the depot, but we are only modeling the talc plant from this location, so we aren't modeling a tank in this scene.
The Burlington, VT scene on our layout is just of some of the industries, and not the depot area. The high water consumption could also be due in part that the station was a Union one, with the Central Vermont also using it.
The Summit facility was just a standpipe, with the tank somewhere far enough away to be out of sight. We haven't included the standpipe. Chester, VT got a new small tank when it became the end point of Steamtown runs in the mid-'60's.

Rutland Wayfreights as They Might Apply to the NEB&W

Coal Traffic on the Rutland

Troy Union RR Operations

Wallace Rudd's personal account, 1929

New York Central Operations

New York Central Milk Trains

  • A Central milk train, southbound at Rensselaer, NY. Photo c. early 1950's by Gerrit Bruins. Note the two NYC converted troop sleeper baggage cars. The orange-striped car is unknown (Milwaukee?).


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